Lichfield Players return with Willy Russell show at the Garrick

One for the Road cast members Rachel Duncan, Nigel Lowe, Ian Davies and Louise Brennan

One for the Road cast members Rachel Duncan, Nigel Lowe, Ian Davies and Louise Brennan

Lichfield Players are set to bring the curtain down on their season with a production of Willy Russell’s One for the Road at the city’s Garrick Theatre.

The show comes hot on the heels of their hit show Brassed Off, which was produced in conjunction with the professional Garrick Rep Company and Amington Band.

One for the Road will be directed by a member of the cast from Brassed Off, Sarah Stanley. She said:

“Brassed Off was big on so many levels. We had a large acting space, a fantastic live 27 piece brass band and a story with a huge emotional and geographical journey.  And record box office sales for the Players were recorded too, with well over 2,000 people seeing the show.

“One for the Road is certainly the antithesis in size.  It’s a studio play with a maximum audience of 140 each night, a cast of four and the action set on just one night.  But from the perspective of convincing characterisation and following an emotional journey, we hope audiences will be just as engrossed. There’s straight-talking, intimacy, revelation and hilarity, and with the main character planning to elope, just think Shirley Valentine for men!”

From the author of Educating Rita and Blood Brothers, Russell’s witty comedy explores what happens when one man dares to dream.  Meet Dennis, a man on the verge of another birthday and a potential mid-life crisis.  Tired of social climbing, sick of John Denver and plagued by nightmares about Tupperware, Dennis longs to hit the road and break free.  But when his dinner party revelations cause his friends’ lives to hilariously unravel, what will happen to Dennis’ dreams?

The Lichfield Players are performing One for the Road at the Lichfield Garrick Theatre from June 8 to 12.  To book tickets call  01543 412121 or visit www.lichfieldgarrick.com.

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